Looking to volunteer

Volunteering is described as an unpaid activity where someone gives their time to help a not for profit organisation or an individual who they are not related to. Volunteering enables you to connect to your community and make it a better place to live. Dedicating your time as a volunteer can also help you make new friends, expand both your social and professional networks and boost your skills.

Volunteering is a great way to provide vital help to be able to make a positive difference to people in need; to worthwhile causes; and the local community.

The benefits of volunteering can be even greater for you; the volunteer. Supporting others through volunteering can help you to meet new people and make new contacts and friends; enable you to influence decisions and be in charge of something; give something back to the community; and provide a sense of purpose. Volunteers are often described as the glue that holds a community together.

While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving your time in simpler ways can help others in need and help you to improve your health and happiness.

If volunteering is relatively new to you, or you are wondering what it will be like to volunteer contact us by email or over the phone to find out more about becoming a volunteer.

We have a wide choice of different voluntary opportunities with a wide variety of organisations and groups across Hull. We can help you to think about the sorts of volunteering roles that you may want to do according to your own circumstances, and we can link you with volunteering opportunities that match your areas of interest or skills.

Volunteering is open to anyone over the age of 16 years. Occasionally volunteer opportunities are available to people below the age of 16 years, although these tend to be limited.

If you are interested in volunteering please complete our volunteer e-form and a member of the Team will get back in touch with you. Alternatively you can find out more about volunteering by emailing mwright@hull-cvs.co.uk or calling 01482 324474.

Here are some of the benefits to volunteering:

  • Give something back into the community in which you live or work
  • Learn new skills
  • Provide experience or a stepping stone back into work
  • Discover new interests
  • Make new friends
  • Learn about other cultures
  • Raise your self-esteem and gain in confidence
  • Improved welbeing
  • Most importantly have fun!

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and rules for social distancing and gatherings the Volunteer Centre is temporarily closed to visitors.  We hope that this will change soon, but in the meantime we are able to offer the same support to help you to volunteer by telephone, email or video call.

If you would like to get in touch with us please call 01482 324474 or email: mwright@hull-cvs.co.uk

To register to the Volunteer Centre, please complete our volunteer e-form and a member of the Team will get back in touch with you. Alternatively you can email mwright@hull-cvs.co.uk or call 01482 324474.

Unfortunately, Volunteer Centre is not offering drop-in volunteer support. We hope that this will change soon, but in the meantime we are able to offer the same support to help you to volunteer by telephone, email or video call.

If you would like to get in touch with us please call 01482 324474 or email: mwright@hull-cvs.co.uk

We are just a 10 minute walk from the train station and bus interchange. On leaving the interchange head north along Ferensway (passing by St Stephens Shopping Centre and Hull Truck Theatre) until you reach the junctions of Ferensway, Freetown Way and Beverley Road. Continue north along Beverley Road. We are on the same side of Beverley Road as the Hull Daily Mail offices. We are at the junction of Beverley Road and Leonard Street.

We are on the bus routes for EYMS services 121, 122, X46, 246 and 105 and on the Stagecoach services 4,6,7,8.

You can contact the Hull Volunteer Centre in any of the following ways

Telephone us: 01482 324474 (Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm)

Email us: mwright@hull-cvs.co.uk  

Twitter: @HULLCVS 

Write to us: Volunteer Centre Hull, Hull CVS, The Strand, 75 Beverley Road, Hull, Hu3 1XL

If you are keen to get started, you can take a look at volunteer opportunities in the local area on our website here https://hullcvs.org.uk/community-projects/volunteer-centre/volunteer-opportunities/

Is there something specific that you want to do?  For example do you want to …..

  • Make an area around where you live look and feel better
  • Meet new people
  • Try something new
  • Do something with your spare time
  • See a different way of life and visit new places
  • Have a go at the kind of role you might want to do as a paid employee
  • Expand your interests and hobbies
  • Do something that you’re good at

Having answers to some of these questions will help you narrow down your search for the right volunteering opportunity and help you to consider your goals; matching your personality and interests.

You will have a richer and more enjoyable volunteering experience if you first take some time to identify your goals and interests. Start by thinking about why you want to volunteer and the types of roles you would enjoy doing; volunteer opportunities that match both your goals and your interests are most likely to be fun and fulfilling for you.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. If you have any questions, be sure to ask about time commitment, whether there is any training involved, who you will be volunteering with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.

Make sure you know what’s expected and make sure you are comfortable with the organisation, and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself.

Don’t be afraid to make a change. Speak up if your experience isn’t what you expected, you do not have to continue.  Talk to the organisation about changing your focus or consider looking for another match.

For information about volunteering while on benefits: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/volunteering-and-benefits

For more information about volunteer placements, rights and expenses: https://www.gov.uk/volunteering

Above all enjoy yourself and, most importantly, make sure you’re having fun! The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organisation. 

If you are receiving state benefits you are still allowed to volunteer. You must ensure that the only money you receive from volunteering is to cover expenses (for example, travel costs). Please be aware that there are some rules which you need to be aware of to make sure that your volunteering doesn’t have an impact on the benefits you receive; for more information about volunteer placements, rights and expenses: https://www.gov.uk/volunteering

Further guidance on volunteering including an overview of what you need to know, and some of most frequently asked questions: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/volunteering-and-benefits. If you are unsure of where you stand in relation to the rules please contact us, or speak to your job coach or benefits adviser. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau may also be able to help.

You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering role. It’s important to make sure that your volunteer position is right for you and you feel comfortable with the people you’re volunteering with in the volunteer organisation.

Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills, giving you the opportunity to meet groups of people with a common interest.

Our Volunteer Centre also offers support and information to groups and organisations involving or planning to involve volunteers. This support enables us to raise awareness of good practice around volunteer management and raise the profile of volunteering locally.

Volunteer Centre Hull
Volunteer Opportunities
Looking For Volunteers
Employee Volunteering
Volunteer Management
Your Guide to Developing a Volunteer Policy
Volunteer Networks
View the Introduction to Volunteering booklet here

Contact us:

Volunteer Centre
Hull CVS
The Strand
75 Beverley Road